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  • Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU conservatives debate a rightward shift

    02/24/2018 10:29:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.24.2018 | jcg/jm (Reuters, AFP)
    Senior figures of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) voiced their views on the party’s direction to German media outlets this weekend, ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet selections on Sunday and the party’s vote on the grand coalition agreement, to take place on Monday. While the SPD members vote over whether to join the grand coalition, Merkel’s conservatives are doing some soul searching over whether their party should remain in the center, as it has throughout her leadership, or shift to the right to try and win back lost voters. “Sometimes the conservative element of the conservative bloc could be...
  • Sweden warns of 'certain foreign powers' meddling in the 2018 election

    02/22/2018 9:10:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 22 February 2018 14:48 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    Sweden’s intelligence service has warned “foreign powers” could try to meddle in the country’s upcoming general election, singling out Russia in light of alleged interference in the last US vote. However, the Swedish Security Service (Säpo), which is responsible for tackling espionage and terrorism, said in its annual report that Sweden’s “robust” and “decentralized” electoral system was tough to influence. “It cannot be ruled out that certain foreign powers will take advantage of the Swedish election campaign to enhance conflicts in Swedish society and attempt to weaken the democratic system,” said Säpo head Anders Thornberg in the document, which was...
  • 'Concrete risk' of mafia meddling in Italy election, ministers warn

    02/22/2018 8:38:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 22 February 2018 10:51 CET+01:00
    There is a risk of mafia interference in Italy’s upcoming general election, some of the country’s top politicians warned on Wednesday. Interior Minister Marco Minniti said it was a “fact” that there was “a concrete risk of the mafia conditioning the free vote”. “To say that the mafias are a threat to democracy does not seem irrational on the eve of an electoral competition,” Minniti said in a speech at the Italian Senate. He went on to say there had been “too much silence on these issues” in the election campaign so far, and that Italy faced a “double threat”...
  • 'Listen to America's young people': Danish PM to Trump [re: Parkview FL protests]

    02/22/2018 7:51:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 22 February 2018 10:27 CET+01:00
    Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen in a Twitter post on Wednesday encouraged US president Donald Trump to listen to calls for action over gun crime in the United States. The message from the Danish PM came as the US president listened to pleas for gun reform on Wednesday in a White House meeting with about 40 students, teachers and family members of victims, including from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed on February 14th. “Do not intend to interfere, but allow me to give a Danish perspective: please, respond to the...
  • Macron eyes action against Chinese buyers of French farmland

    02/22/2018 12:01:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 22 February 2018 15:23 CET+01:00 | AFP
    President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday promised measures to help prevent foreign investors buying agricultural land in France after a string of international controversies over Chinese purchases. “For me, French agricultural lands are strategic investments on which our sovereignty depends, so we can’t allow hundreds of hectares of land to be bought by foreign powers without us knowing the aims of these purchases,” Macron told a crowd of young farmers at the presidential palace. He was referring to news last year that a Chinese fund had bought 900 hectares of land in the cereal-growing Allier region in central France, following an...
  • Foreign leaders seek fresh ties with US governors, mayors

    02/21/2018 10:09:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2018 12:42 AM EST | Ken Thomas and Zeke Miller
    When Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives in Washington this week for consultations with President Donald Trump, he won’t be traveling solo. Turnbull is bringing the most senior Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the United States in a trip aimed at building stronger relationships with America’s governors. While he’ll talk trade and security concerns with Trump, Turnbull will spend the weekend courting U.S. governors at their annual gathering. Turnbull, a Goldman Sachs executive-turned prime minister, is the latest world leader to extend outreach to U.S. governors and big-city mayors in the age of Trump’s “America First” policies....
  • German prisons: 150 dangerous Islamists need deradicalizing, say police [just 150?]

    02/21/2018 6:32:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.21.2018 | mm/aw (dpa, KNA)
    About 150 dangerous Islamists are being held in prisons across Germany, according to figures from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) published by German daily Die Welt on Wednesday. The men are either serving jail sentences or are in custody on terror-related charges, the paper cited the BKA as saying. The newspaper said there were also several “relevant persons” being held, which it said were those regarded as sympathizers or supporters of radical Islam. “In the next few years, we must expect a wave of extremists in our prisons,” the German state of Hesse’s Minister of Justice, Eva Kühne-Hörmann (CDU),...
  • In a major change to Irish education, secondary school students no longer “have to” study religion

    02/20/2018 7:28:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 20, 2018 07:45 AM | Freya Drohan
    The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton has confirmed the change in a circular released today, stating that it is a constitutional right for students who chose not to participate in religion class to be offered an alternative, meaningful program. Community and ETB (Education and Training Board) schools will now offer students a different subject, should they opt out of studying religion. Previously, students who chose not to partake in religious education — which required parental consent and approval from the school principle (sic) — were forced to sit at the back of the class or in the library with no...
  • Turkey should again consider criminalizing adultery, Erdogan says

    02/20/2018 9:56:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 20, 2018 11:42 AM | Gulsen Solaker
    Turkey should again consider criminalizing adultery, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, revisiting an issue that caused outrage among secular Turks and warnings from the European Union when his party raised it more than a decade ago. The Islamist-rooted AK Party floated the idea in 2004, two years after it first came to power, as part of a broad overhaul of the Turkish penal code. But the proposal caused a backlash from the secular opposition and EU officials said it could jeopardize Turkey’s efforts to join the union. […] Turkey decriminalized adultery for women in the late 1990s. It had...
  • Far-right AfD now the second most popular party in Germany: poll

    02/19/2018 4:12:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 February 2018 17:10 CET+01:00
    A poll published on Monday by the newspaper Bild put the Alternative for Germany (AfD) at 16 percent, showing that they are currently more popular than the Social Democrats (SPD). The poll, conducted by INSA, put the AfD at 16 percent, just ahead of the SPD at 15.5 percent. The poll marks the lowest support ever achieved by the SPD, traditionally one of the two major parties of German politics. According to the poll, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats are the most popular party in the country and would secure 32 percent of the vote were elections to be held tomorrow....
  • European Commission president: 'The Swiss have a completely false view of me' [Juncker]

    02/18/2018 11:34:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 15 February 2018 12:50 CET+01:00
    Tensions between Switzerland and the European Union over a planned institutional framework accord continued to simmer on Wednesday with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker saying the Swiss government was responsible for the current stalemate in the negotiations. “I have met with the [former] Swiss president [Doris Leuthard] eight times since coming to office, and have always indicated that an institutional framework accord is necessary,” said Juncker. “It was promised on many occasions, but has not materialized.” “I remain, despite that, a friend of Switzerland — although I have always noticed on holidays that when I met Swiss people, they have...
  • Hungary's Orban calls for global anti-migrant alliance with eye on 2018 elections

    02/18/2018 11:58:26 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/18/18
    Reuters) - Hungarian leader Viktor Orban called on Sunday for a global alliance against migration as his right-wing populist Fidesz party began campaigning for an April 8 election in which it is expected to win a third consecutive landslide victory. Popular at home but increasingly at odds politically and economically with mainstream European Union peers, Orban has thrived on external controversy, including repeated clashes with Brussels and lately the United Nations. Those conflicts, mostly centered on migration since people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa flooded into Europe in 2015, have intensified as the elections approach...
  • Major Irish media forced to retract ‘fake’ poll claiming most doctors support abortion

    02/17/2018 7:37:43 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 10 replies
    Lifesite news ^ | February 13th 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    An Irish newspaper was forced to retract an article after it admitted that it had published a fake poll about abortion, misleading its readers into believing a majority of Irish doctors support the abortion of pre-born babies in the first trimester. The Irish Examiner splashed the headline "75% of doctors support 12-week access to abortion" over its front page on February 8. The sub-heading read: "Poll of 400 medics shows support for liberalising abortion regime", and claimed that "three out of every four GPs and hospital consultants are in favour of allowing unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks...
  • ETA airport bombers win compensation victory [Spain: Basque terrorists]

    02/14/2018 8:07:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 14 February 2018 08:50 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Europe’s top rights court on Tuesday ordered Spain to compensate two ETA members convicted of the 2006 bombing of Madrid Airport for the “inhuman and degrading treatment” they suffered in police custody. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) did not, however, uphold the men’s claim that they had been tortured. Igor Portu and Martin Sarasola are serving life sentences over the bombing of the Terminal 4 car park at Madrid airport, which killed two people and injured around 50 others as part of ETA’s violent four-decade campaign for Basque independence. The pair claimed they were kicked and punched by...
  • Hundreds of guns, grenades, ammo seized from French sports shop owner

    02/14/2018 7:25:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 14 February 2018 17:28 CET+01:00
    Hundreds of assault rifles, shotguns, and pistols, along with hand grenades and 100 kilos of ammunition, have been confiscated from a sports shop owner in the northern French port town of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Customs officials displayed the arsenal on a video on Youtube that shows line after line of the weapons seized. The man was stopped by officials in a post office in Boulogne as he was trying to send a package to the Netherlands that was found to contain a rifle. When customs officers searched his vehicle, they found a handgun and bullets. They then proceeded to his home, accompanied...
  • Macron's office closes press room, moves reporters off-site [France]

    02/14/2018 6:22:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2018 10:05 AM EST
    French President Emmanuel Macron’s office is closing the press room inside the presidential palace amid broader efforts by the French leader to control his public image.Advisers for Macron announced Wednesday that journalists will be moved to a new site out of the presidential Élysée Palace with less access to presidential activity. […] Macron’s office has increasingly used Facebook and YouTube to spread his message instead of publicly answering media questions. …
  • Statue of Queen's husband Prince Albert WILL stay on grounds of Leinster House [Ireland]

    02/12/2018 4:59:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 11, 2018 12:35 PM | Freya Drohan
    The divisive statue of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, will not be removed. The Oireachtas Petitions Committee have dismissed a public petition calling for its removal as “inadmissible”. The main petitioner was seeking removal of the statue due to its representation of Britain’s oppressive rule over Ireland. The Petitions Committee [head], Seán Sherlock, maintained that the controversial monument of the German-born ruler still remains a significant part of Irish history. […] Part of the reasons disclosed for keeping the statue intact was that the Dáil does not actually own the statue and therefore could not legally oversee its removal. The...
  • Leading Muslim figure Ali Selim backs female circumcision [Ireland]

    02/09/2018 6:06:42 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 2/9/18 | Aine McMahon
    Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland has said he advocates female circumcision. Female circumcision, also termed female genital mutilation (FGM), is illegal under the Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012. It is estimated that 5,790 girls and women living in Ireland have experienced FGM and some 2,639 girls here may be at risk of being subjected to it. Under 2012 legislation, not only is FGM prohibited in Ireland, it is also a criminal offence for a person to take a girl to another country to undergo it. “I’m not an advocate of female genital mutilation...
  • France boosts defense spending to hit NATO target

    02/08/2018 7:22:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 8 February 2018 08:51 CET+01:00 | AFP
    France on Wednesday announced plans to hike defense spending by more than 40 percent, bringing it into line with NATO targets after complaints from US President Donald Trump that Europe is not pulling its weight. European NATO members have come under pressure from Trump to relieve the burden on the US, which currently accounts for about 70 percent of combined NATO defense spending. The French government unveiled a bill that increases spending on the armed forces from €34.2 billion ($42 billion) in 2018 to €50 billion in 2025, taking the defense budget from 1.82 percent of GDP currently to a...
  • EU announces ambitious expansion plans in western Balkans

    02/06/2018 6:44:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.06.2018 | Barbara Wesel
    After letting 13 Eastern and central European states join the European Union roughly a decade ago, it seemed Brussels had grown tired of enlargement. The prospect of adding western Balkan nations to the bloc were put on the back burner. But now the European Commission has announced ambitious plans for a grand, new push toward enlargement, hoping to welcome western Balkan states in the EU within the next seven years. The bloc’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, called the news a turning point for Europe’s future. “The next months will be not only intense but also crucial to make sure...